Bill Text: AZ HB2203 | 2021 | Fifty-fifth Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced

Bill Title: Well drilling; groundwater basins..

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-21 - House read second time [HB2203 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2021-HB2203-Introduced.html




REFERENCE TITLE: well drilling; groundwater basins..





State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fifth Legislature

First Regular Session





HB 2203


Introduced by

Representative Cano





amending Title 45, chapter 2, article 10, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 45-596.02; relating to wells.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 45, chapter 2, article 10, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 45-596.02, to read:

START_STATUTE45-596.02.  Well drilling moratorium; upper San Pedro, Verde Valley groundwater basins; exemptions

Beginning on the effective date of this section, a person may not construct and the department may not issue a permit or drilling card for a new well in the upper San Pedro groundwater basin or the Verde Valley groundwater subbasin, except for:

1.  A replacement well as prescribed in rules adopted by the director.

2.  A well that the director determines will not pump the subflow of a river system or source.

3.  A well that is constructed after the conclusion of the general adjudication of water rights in the Gila River. END_STATUTE